Earth Day Tips

“borrowed” from Earthy Birthy Mama

Earth Day Tips

* Bring cloth bags to the market. Did you know that the average American receives over 900 plastic bags per year while shopping?

* Use compact fluorescent bulbs and save about $60 per year.

* Charge your electronics (cellphone & iPods) and then take the charger out of the socket. Did you know that these and other electronics still use energy even after the charge is complete and plugged in!

* Purchase products that use a minimal amount of materials to package their product (and/or buy in bulk).

* Keep your appliances clean! Clean your refrigerator coils and heating vents – this will allow your applicance to operate more efficiently!

Make a Simple Change

* Buy local food products at your farmer’s market or join a CSA! (And look for my WFMW tip this coming Wednesday!)

* Use eco-friendly cleaning products.

* Take shorter showers and save on heating and water!

* Reduce the use of disposables.

* Plant a tree for yourself and for someone else!

* Stop junk mail!

* Use recycled paper and products.

* Remember to REDUCE / REUSE / RECYCLE and GET INVOLVED!

Did You Know ……

* Recycling 1 aluminum beverage can save enough energy to run a 100watt bulb for 20 hours, a computer for 3 hours and a TV for 2 hours!

* Recycling 1 glass bottle saves enough energy to power a 100watt bulb for 4 hours or a TV for 3 hours!

* Recycling 1 ton of paper saves 17 trees, 2 barrels of oil, 7000 gallons of water and 4100 kilowatt hours of electricity – enough energy to power the average American home for 5 months!

* If everyone in the US recycled 1/10th of their newsprint, we would save the estimated equivalent of about 25 million trees per year!


And check out these cool and disturbing pictures by photographer Chris Jordan in Running the Numbers: An American Self-Portrait.